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GLSEN publishes 2013 National School Climate Survey

26/10/2014

GLSEN 2013This week, GLSEN published the findings from their 2013 National School Climate Survey of 7,898 students between the ages of 13 and 21 attending schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Key findings:

  • 55.5% of LGBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 37.8% because of their gender expression.
  • 71.4% heard “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often at school, and 90.8% reported that they felt distressed because of this language.
  • 64.5% heard other homophobic remarks (e.g., “dyke” or “faggot”) frequently or often.
  • 56.4% heard negative remarks about gender expression (not acting “masculine enough” or “feminine enough”) frequently or often.
  • A third (33.1%) heard negative remarks specifically about transgender people, like “tranny” or “he/she,” frequently or often.
  • 51.4% of students reported hearing homophobic remarks from their teachers or other school staff, and 55.5% of students reported hearing negative remarks about gender expression from teachers or other school staff.
  • 74.1% of LGBT students were verbally harassed (e.g., called names or threat­ened) in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 55.2% because of their gender expression.
  • 36.2% were physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 22.7% because of their gender expression.
  • 16.5% were physically assaulted (e.g., punched, kicked, injured with a weapon) in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 11.4% because of their gender expression.
  • 49.0% of LGBT students experienced cyberbullying.
  • 56.7% of LGBT students who were harassed or assaulted in school did not report the incident to school staff, most commonly because they doubted that effective intervention would occur or the situation could become worse if reported.
  • 61.6% of the students who did report an incident said that school staff did nothing in response.

The full report can be accessed here.

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